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Special Issue "Supramolecular Receptors for Cations and Anions"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2024 | Viewed by 293

Special Issue Editors

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: ion recognition; supramolecular thermodynamics; cyclopeptide anion sensors; calixarene cation receptors; stability constants determination; titration experiments; molecular dynamics simulations; data processing; regression analysis
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: physical supramolecular chemistry; thermodynamics and kinetics of coordination reactions; solvation phenomena; electrolyte solutions; chemometrics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to invite you to present your research in the Special Issue on “Supramolecular Receptors for Cations and Anions”.

The design and synthesis of host molecules that can readily accommodate charged species is one of the major objectives in the field of supramolecular chemistry. There are numerous references in the literature describing supramolecules that are versatile or selective receptors for cations and anions. This body of knowledge constitutes a large portion of modern supramolecular chemistry and is applicable to real-world problems, such as ion sensing in solution or in vivo, the extraction of toxic charged pollutants, or solvent purification. Still, further research lies ahead at the border of familiar ion receptor chemical space, pushed by the innovative usage of experimental and computational methods.

The ever-expanding interest in the description and characterization of ion complexes with supramolecules is reflected in the topic of this Special Issue. I am sure that this specific collection of scientific contributions, in the form of experimental and computational research communications/articles or reviews, will stand as a valuable reference for the current progress in the field of supramolecular receptors for cations and anions. 

Dr. Gordan Horvat
Prof. Dr. Vladislav Tomišić
Guest Editors

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  • supramolecular ion sensors
  • thermodynamics and kinetics of ion binding
  • ion detection and recognition
  • stability constant determination
  • reaction kinetics measurements

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